Full diplomatic relations with the Commonwealth of Dominica began when the country gained independence in 1978.
In Dominica, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Barbados.
Canada maintains close and friendly bilateral relations with Dominica. Outside of the British Commonwealth, cooperation is frequent within la Francophonie, the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Dominica signed and ratified the Landmines Convention and supported Canada's 1999-2000 election at the United Nations Security Council.
Following Hurricane Dean in 2007, Canada assisted with post hurricane support to repair health facilities, repair housing, and support families who experienced short-term food insecurity.
About 2000 Canadian tourists visit Dominica annually. In the context of Cricket World Cup 2007, Canada provided Dominica and other Caribbean countries with specialized assistance in the areas of border security and public health.
Canada’s limited program for development assistance in Dominica is managed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). With regard to Canada’s trade relationship with Dominica, bilateral merchandise trade in 2008 reached $6.4 million. Merchandise exports $6.1 million including fertilizers, fish and seafood, meat, machinery and wood. Imports to Canada from Dominica totalled $337 000 in 2008 and included soap and wax, ceramic products, machinery, precious stones and metals, electrical and electronic equipment. Discussions are underway between Canada and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which Dominica is a member of, aimed at achieving a mutually beneficial trade agreement that provides significant economic benefits and takes into account the region's capacity constraints and vulnerabilities.
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